Calcite Mine Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Calcite Mine Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash where you have the option to traverse through a slot canyon. Once to the mine area, you can explore various rock formations and hike up to the tiptop for a fantastic view of the Salton Sea and the surrounding badlands. On the way back, start out on the jeep track again and then venture the other way down the narrow canyon to meet back up with the original trail. This hike has a bit of everything!

hiking
23 hours ago

hiking
2 months ago

Isolated trail. Little to no shade so bring lots of water and go in the Spring or Fall. The conclusion of the hike was kind of disappointing. You see calcite pieces all over but it's not really a photo op type of situation.

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9 months ago

I loved it. It was the perfect moderate level hike and at the end I could see the Salton Sea in the distance. I never saw a mine, which was a little disappointing but still a fantastic hike.

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hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. First time I used this app and it performed flawlessly. Well done!

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hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I would recommend starting this hike as early as possible to avoid the heat that comes on early and quickly & bring plenty of water. Parking is 300 feet past the trail head. Watch out for fire ants.

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This area was interesting. There are lots of slot canyons everywhere and this place can be a maze. There are many cool rock formations scattered about as well. This is a good hike if you want something easy and unique. However, it's far enough out there to where I would only recommend it if you're already in the general area.